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Literacy Instructor (bi-lingual), Boston Public Library, Boston, MA


Under supervision and within the framework of the library’s policies and practices, assumes responsibility for the effective execution of programs and services in support of ESOL/ABE within the Library’s broader program of services to a diverse population characteristic to an urban setting, performing work which requires substantial application of professional knowledge and experience.

Reports to

Literacy Coordinator (P3).


As assigned, professional and non-professional staff members, volunteers, and teachers in absence of the Coordinator.


Scope of Responsibility:

  • Works with Literacy Coordinator to develop, plan and implement the Library’s ESOL/ABE and Adult Literacy programs and services.
  • In cooperation with the Literacy Coordinator, designs, develops, and instructs adult basic education workshops, including ESL, basic English, computer, life skills, workplace and other special projects, at the Central Library, neighborhood branches, and other remote locations.
  • Under the direction of the Literacy Coordinator, implements on-going community and patron outreach and recruitment activities to increase the use of literacy resources system-wide.
  • Designs and provides development support for adult literacy curriculum and lesson planning for English as a second language and Adult Basic Education classes, tutoring, and other patron-centered literacy programs.
  • Provides instruction to increase patron skills in the use of literacy resources available system-wide.
  • Participates in training and evaluation of literacy teachers, volunteers and interns.
  • Assumes responsibility for oral presentations and written reports on literacy services activities system-wide.
  • Assists in training and supervising professional and non-professional staff.
  • Performs other related and comparable duties, as assigned.


  • Proficiency with MSWord, Publisher, Power Point, and Excel.
  • Ability to execute library policy.
  • Ability to plan and supervise the work of others.
  • Demonstrates initiative and independent decision making skills.
  • Communicates effectively and presents ideas clearly.
  • Ability to think creatively and innovatively.
  • Identifies, plans and prioritizes job responsibilities and tasks; determines and implements project timelines.
  • Demonstrates flexibility and the ability to adapt to change.
  • Collaborates with internal and external partners.
  • Ability to work well with staff and public.
  • Superior knowledge of bibliographical tools and resources.

Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

Education – Bachelor’s degree from a recognized college or university; Master’s degree in adult literacy or Library & Information Science required.  Relevant subject knowledge and/or specialized training required. In exceptional instances specialized education, training and/or experience may be substituted for part or all of the educational requirements.  Fluency in additional languages preferred.

Experience – Two years of appropriate professional experience working with individuals or groups engaged in literacy education and in working collaboratively with community-based organizations, or any equivalent combination of education, experience and training sufficient to indicate ability to do the work. Experience in literacy program development; knowledge of book and non-print materials and specialized resources related to the literacy field desired; experience of outreach and recruitment techniques and demonstrated interest in library work related to literacy; demonstrated interest in community library work and willingness to develop strong, interactive community relationships.

Proficiency in a second language other than English required.


  • Some evening and weekend hours.  Ability to travel to off-site locations, as assigned.
  • Residency – Must be a resident of the City of Boston upon the first day of hire.
  • CORI – Must successfully clear a Criminal Offenders Record Information check with the City of Boston.


Union/Salary Plan/Grade: PSA – P1

Hours per week: 35

How to Apply:

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The City of Boston is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment. Therefore, qualified applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category.

The City of Boston has played a role in causing and perpetuating the inequities in our society. To break down these barriers, we are embedding equity and inclusion into everything we do.

We define equity as ensuring every community has the resources it needs to thrive in Boston. This requires the active process of meeting individuals where they are. Inclusion is engaging every resident to build a more welcoming and supportive city. We are building a city for everyone, where diversity makes us a more empowered collective.